I’ve come to the conclusion that we all probably just take our health for granted. I know that the powers that be are always telling us to look after our bodies, but when we are feeling healthy it seems like a silly thing to have to worry about.
Until we get sick. Then it is a really big deal and we are sorry that we did not pay more attention.
Here are some of the things that you can do to look after your body.
After all… you only have one.
Eat less sugar. Sugar is bad for you on so many different levels. The worst thing is… they sneak it into all sorts of different types of food and you don’t even realise you are having sugar.
Like baked beans! Who would have dreamed that a tin of baked beans has sugar in it?
The problem with added sugars (like sucrose and high fructose corn syrup) is that they have no nutritional value at all and yet they contain a whole lot of calories. This is why they are called “empty calories”.
Instead of grabbing chips or sweats eat healthy snacks like fruit and nuts. Try and drink water instead of carbonated drinks that are full of sugar.
Exercise is also a way to stay healthy. For one thing – it reduces stress and anxiety. So next time you are going to write an exam or something, go for a walk or a bike ride (or you could hula hoop) before hand– it will make you feel calmer and more in control.
Exercise boosts creativity. Plus it helps you sleep better. Never mind that – it also makes you feel great and look good too.
A significant benefit of exercise is that it strengthens your heart. This is very important. If your heart does not beat properly – it can cause all sorts of problems.
Exercise strengthens your bones. Means you won’t break them so easily and for those who have broken bones already – you know it is a huge pain in the butt and really inconvenient.
Exercise makes your brain work better – this means it makes you smarter! It can even make you a better reader.
They say that if you exercise 150 minutes a week it will add years to your life. That’s not so hard to do – is it? Just over 21 minutes a day.
So… all we have to do is eat less sugar and exercise to help our bodies stay healthy. Easy peasy!